Here's what some distinguished alumni had to say about their BC Games experience ...
"My experience at the BC Summer Games was crucial and critical to performing well later at the Canada Games and then the Olympics. It was exciting and exhilarating and gave me a crazy boost of motivation to continue forward."
Gary Reed, 2-time Olympian - Athletics (800m), 1996 BC Summer Games.
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for the 2012 BC Summer Games.
“The BC Summer Games was the point in my career when I realized that I had the potential to go further. It wasn't till soon after that that I decided to switch from being a summer swimmer to training all year round. It is clear that I wouldn't have noticed my own potential without the BC Summer Games.” Brent Hayden, Olympian – Swimming, 1998 BC Summer Games
“I fell in love with the sport of cycling and it’s what I have done ever since I was 12 years old at the BC Summer Games. My most memorable experience of the BC Games was standing on the podium but also hanging out with friends and the other athletes.”
Ryder Hesjedal, Professional Cyclist, Gold Medalist 1995 BC Summer Games
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for the 2010 BC Summer Games.
“I went to the BC Summer Games in Port Alberni for track and field. I remember meeting so many other athletes, making many new friends, really enjoying sport, and taking it all in.” Maëlle Ricker, Olympic Gold Medalist - Snowboard Cross, 1992 BC Summer Games
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for the 2010 BC Winter Games
“Whether it is the Olympics or BC Games, learning to stay focused is a big part of competing at multisport Games. Knowing what to expect before you arrive can make a big difference. The experience of the BC Winter Games was an important stepping stone on my way to the Olympics in Torino and Vancouver.” George Grey, Olympian – Cross Country Skiing, 1994 BC Winter Games
“I remember being at the BC Games. The Opening Ceremony was such a big deal. For me it was a mini Olympics. If you can keep picturing the Olympics over the next few days, then you are good…because many of you be there one day.”
Julia Murray, Olympian – Ski Cross, 2000 BC Winter Games
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for the 2012 BC Winter Games
"My first major goal in triathlon was going to the BC Summer Games in 2002. I went their and accomplished my goal if winning the gold medal. After that I just kept setting higher and higher goals for myself." Kirsten Sweetland, World Junior Champion - Triathlon,
2002 BC Summer Games Gold Medallist
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for the 2008 BC Summer Games